Acton Boxborough Regional High School - Torch Yearbook (Acton, MA)
- Class of 1938
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Text from Pages 1 - 52 of the 1938 volume:
' A 'Q gI.',?"f 'W' lil W"
MISS ELSIE V. BIXBY
fMrs. Walter Gordonj
We dedicate this year book to the memory d'f1iMiss Elsie V. Bixby
lMrs. Walter Gordonj who patiently and wisely advised the pupils of
Acton High School for ten years. She was not only a teacher, but a
beloved friend. Miss Bixby will live long in the hearts of her pupils.
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Editor-in-chief , 4
Assistant Editors .
Girls' Sport Editors
Boys' Sport Editors
AVTUN HIGH SITIIOUII
, CYNTHIA PRICE
MISS M. TOWNE
MISS M. BOORNAZIAN
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WHAT NEXT ?
During the past year I have talked with a number of seniors concerning their
near future. In general they are hopeful, confident that a way will open for them
to accomplish what they wish. Those seeking a college education are impressed with
the bulletin board announcements of scholarships and visiting days at various New
England institutions.. A number of commercial course Seniors write on their future
plan blanks their intention to take further business training. A few students mention
commercial art, nursing, religion, or other occupations, and many are undecided
In following up the written intention of Seniors by personal interviews, I
find that they are still quite general in their plans. Only a few really see a way
which they are sure is right for them. The majority, when asked exactly how they
expect to carry out their plans, cannot think of the first step. Those who have not
a distant goal are especially unfortunate, because they do not even know in what
direction to take a step. This in itself is not bad, since it is sometimes better to
wait before making a decision. The danger lies in waiting too long.
One admires the spirit of ambition, the determination to be a success in an
interesting line of work, but this spirit of ambition appears to be, in many cases,
only a spirit. Carefree students, however, who today face the problem of getting
a job next year, may still be the first to succeed if they possess one human quality,
the ability to get along with people.
It can be argued that students in high school are not experienced enough to
select a life goal, and that, because of their youth, they do not know how to reach
it. Why ask them to think out the next step? Why not ask the teachers, parents,
and friends to do that?
In real life most important personal decisions are made by yourself. True
enough, others may furnish you with facts on which to base your decisions, they
may an wer your questions or point out errors in your thinging, but certainly they
cannot force you to do with your life what you do not wish.
I make a plea to all students to get in the habit of thinking about their dis-
tant life goal, and, at the same time, to decide on the next best step that will lead
them in the right direction. The Seniors who have vague notions about the distant
future appear now to be the most confident. I fear they will be rudely awakened.
The few who have centered their thoughts on a definite future may not today seem
so confident, but they are taking definite steps to solve their problem. As soon as
they tart they will find help in abundance.
Good luck to you all.
RICHARD B. GREENMAN.
Over the radio into millions of homes in the United States flashed the start-
ling news! Airplanes over Madrid had showered death, destruction and painful in-g
jury on the unsuspecting city! At the last report it had been estimated that over
400 were dead and countless unfortunate souls wounded. This is how men, living
in a supposedly democratic world, are now occupying themselves. Killing their
This so-called civilized world is certainly constructed in a very peculiar way.
Any who will kill innocent men, women and children because a certain few have
the lust for power, are lacking in will power and courage. You say that those who
refu e to execute the orders given will be shot or placed in prison for an unlimited
time. But I say, "What can half a dozen determined men do against thousands of
people-just as determined-but determined in a constructive sort of way?"
Today, over every country in the world loom dark, glowering war clouds. Mars
constantly keeps his sword sharpened and shield prepared for use. As the sound
of many disturbances reach his ears, he smiles. He thrives on wholesale slaughter
and Ianguishes unless he is able to see the sufferings of war. Will the nations
please him and slaughter or maim for life the young and old?
It is despicable to wander through the corridors of the hospitals that care for
the "living dead." The inmates here do not have to speak to express their views
on conflict. Look at the stoop of their shoulders, the clenching of fists, and the
smouldering glow in the depths of their unhappy eyes. Then, again, perhaps they
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have no fists to clench, their eyes may be unseeing or their minds may be blank.
This is what one man has done to another! Even the young do not escape the greed
of the War God. In place of the happy times they would have had to remember,
they have memories of the terrible incidents to which they were eye witnesses.
Age we of this country to satiate the cupidity of a few with the lives of
C. PRICE, '38.
SCHOOL IS OVER
I wonder if every Senior will feel the way I shall when graduation night comes.
No more books, no more headaches worrying about studies and no more exams
and late night studying. We shall be free to do anything we want for awhile.
They say that when you leave school, the next thing is to look for a job. I
don't think everyone's parents will make him start to work the day after gradu-
ation. We shall have a few weeks of rest, when we can sleep mornings, and do
anything that comes to mind.
But there is something else that we must think of. Instead of just leaving books,
we leave many happy hours, friends, and a period of our life that cannot be re-
placed by anything else. No matter if we have fussed over lessons and about how
the teachers have treated us, deep down in our hearts, we shall be sorry to leave
"Dear Old Acton High" and all it stands for. So I think that on leaving Acton
High, June 22, 1938, my heart will hold a bit of sadness as well as joy.
F. HARRIMAN, '38,
IS A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION VALUABLE?
The average youth of today has had at least a high school education. Is he
any better prepared to face the future than a boy who left school at sixteen and
now earns a moderate salary? Is the girl with a diploma any better off than the
working girl or the one who was married at seventeen? Is four years of high
school a waste of time?
The minds of students are in a turmoil because of the uncertain future and
the ever increasing number of unemployed. The future of a graduate is diffi-
cult to comprehend. Five years from now may see him fighting in some foreign
country, working on relief, standing in a bread line, or desperately trying to suc-
ceed in business.
Education is the basis of the earning power of any individual. The earning
power in turn regulates the standard of living, which is the foundation of any
civilized country. Regardless of political or social conditions, a high school educa-
tion is unquestionably beneficial to any boy or girl.
The standards of tomorrow depend upon the Youth of today.
E. MacDOUGALL, '38,
ARE THE SENIORS EASILY INFLUENCED?
The Senior class had a loud discussion on the program for graduation in June.
There were two main plans to select from, the old form with a speaker, or the
panel-discussion idea, suggested by Mr. Greenman. In the panel-discussion there
would be about seven or eight in a semi-circle on the stage, one of whom would
act as the chairman. Each would give his views on a subject selected by them.
It would be carried on almost like an informal debate. The chairman would an-
nounce the ubject they were to discuss and call on one of the speakers. After
the first speaker, another speaker might start right in with his ideas or his ar-
guments against what the first speaker had said without waiting for the chair-
man to call on him or, if nobody felt anxious to speak, the chairman would call
on someone else. After all the speakers had spoken, the chairman would sum up
what had been said and give his own ideas.
At first the class seemed to favor this panel-discussion and the majority voted
for it. Then we found that at least a two-thirds vote was necessary on such an
important matter. After much voting a decision was reached against the panel-
It seems queer that the majority changed their votes to the other side so
quickly. Were the pupils influenced by talk of the opposition? Were they afraid
to accept the responsibility? Why was the Senior class so easily influenced after
the majority had decided on the panel-discussion? These are the questions we are
all asking ourselves and well we might!
D. KELLEY, '38.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 1938
Acton High School 8.00 P. M.
ENTRANCE MARCH OF SENIORS
March Militaire ,.........,........4.........,............................
HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA
THE REVEREND GLENN W. DOUGLASS
SALUTATORY AND ESSAY
Is the Constitution Practical?
VINCENT J. SHEEHAN
THE AMERICA I WANT
RALPH E, SPINNEY
GIRLS' GLEE CLUB
Kentucky Babe ....,..
Mastery .. ....,.., ..
Estudiantina ....,.......,......,......................,......... .,.
DOES PROPAGANDA CONTROL PUBLIC OPINION?
Q LEONARD A. GODFREY, Jr.
ROBERT J. MONTAGUE
Fair Cuba .,..,............,...,....
To Thee, O Country .....,..
ESSAY AND VALEDICTORY
. The Prevention and Care of Pneumonia
CYNTHIA L. PRICE
Tune: Gold Mine in the Sky
XVOrds: AUDREY GRALA, Class of 1938
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS AND DIPLOMAS
HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA
RECEPTION IN SCIENCE ROOM
,. .. Geibel
. . Verdi
, ..., Eichberg
QTune: Gold Mine in the Skyh
There's a school called Acton High across the way
Where we went, you and I, every day,
There we shared together troubles and our joys,
And we tried to be successful girls and boys.
Now the time has come when we must graduate
And go out into the world to meet our fate,
For we know that we must go into the world
And apply all the skills that we have learned.
We are sorry we must leave this joyful place
And not see every teacher's smiling face,
So we say goodbye to friends who stay behind
As we leave this dear old school of Acton High.
So goodbye, so goodbye, Acton High.
A. GRALA, '38
We have dreamed of this day
That seemed so remote
And we hoped it would come e'er long
But now that day--with its glory-has come
And the thrill and the joy have gone.
The joys of our school We will never forget
They will dwell in our memories long
And the scenes that we leave with a sigh of regret,
With the classes to come-will go on.
We've been guided so far
By our emblem-the torch
Never strayed from the motto "I'll try."
And as we travel the long path of life
We'1l continue to hold that torch high!
Protected with Knowledge, Wit, and Good Cheer
We will leave Acton High School today
But extend as we go out last word of thanks
To those who helped us win Qu! way,
E. LEVERONI, '38
'John Irving Smith
P J 4, ' 'Smitty' ' West Acton
College Uourse. President
N'311,-L1, Vivo-president, 131.
Football 12, Il, -11. Basket
bnll 11, 2, 3. Capt. 41.
Rnsebnll 12, 3. 41. Tort-h
131, Glee Club 11, 2, 3.
41, Junior und Senior
Plays, .lunior and -Senior
Protn. Essny, A, A. llnnre,
ull rolled into one.
By Smitty, our President.
we eunnlwnys be won.
Leonard Albert Godfrey
"Ozzie" West Actor
College Course. President
1111, Vice-president 141.
President A. A, 141, Torch
12, 31, Student 1'onnt-il
1131, Footbnll 12, 41, Bus-
ketbnll 12, 41, linsobnll
1l1. Hssny, Glee l'lnb 141.
f11'l'lll'Nl1'il 12, 3. 41, l'lny
121. Junior und Senior
l'rom, A. A. Dunn-0. Slums.
Uluss lllllSl1'l1lll, stutisties
Ozzie plays the modern
Frances Mabel Stuart
"Fran" West. Acton
Uonnnereinl Course, Sevre-
tury 141, Basketball 1l. 2.
3, 41, Glee Club 121, Plny
141, Junior und Senior
Proni. A. A, Dunve.
Frnn's kind wny :tml
Will win her it friend
with every ntile.
' 'Red' ' East Acton
General Course, President
121, Treasurer 141, Torch
. 41, Glee 1'lub 111. -11.
Junior and Senior Prom.
kiliographer, A. A, llmn-v,
Qruhestru 12, 31, Student
-H, 41, Basketball 1L., 3, 41,
nsehall 121, Plays 13, 41.
DQ like Spiueh: A session
'4 ot' jiunin' is Buvh's
fjfbnneil 111, Football 12,
' He takes life like music
. . . always light.
' ' Polly' ' Boxboro
NGeneral Course, Torch 141.
-Glee Club 11, 2. 41, Bas-
etball 11, 2, 3, 41,
Hockey 12, 3, 41, Junior
and Senior Prom, Play
131, A. A. Dance.
A vivacious little lass
Chn en vamp of her
Mabel Beatrice Charter
"Mah" West Acton
General Uourse. Torch 141.
lion-key 131, Basketball 12.
Small in stature-great
fym. , I
"Liz" West Acton
1'cnmu-rt-iul Course, Basket-
bnll 12, Il, 41, Hockey 13,
41, tile? 1'lnb 111. Play
121, Senior Prom, Slams.
We hope Lizzie-'s bubble
of niirti will never burst
I5, 41, Hockey
1 Senior Prom.
will bring her
Edna Frances Downey
', 3, 41, Hockey 13,
is her middle
Amelia Exenia Gagnon
"Amy" North Acton
Commercial Course, Glee
Club 12, 31.
How qu' t s e people
can bel i
.. ., MW, ,
I ' I' wg
Audrey Gertrude Grala
' 'Little Audrey' ' Boxboro
Commercial Course, Glee
Club 131, Play 141, Junior
and Senior Prom.
We hope "Little Audrey"
is always in the moodl
'Irene Viola Granberg
"Renta" South Acton
Commercial Course. Secre-
tary 11. 31. Torch 12, 41,
Glee Club 12, 3. 41, Junior
Prom, 'Play 131, A. A.
Quiet and sweet
Alluring and neat.
1 - -
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Le Forest Edwin Gray
' 'Los' ' Acton
College Course, Football
141, Basketball 141, Glee
Club 141, Essay, Orchestra
XVith us but a year.
Adding harmony and
' ' Flossy' ' West Acton
Commercial Course, Glee
Club 111, Essay.
We all envy her ability
to study. I l
"Russ" South Acton
ommcrcial Course. Vice-
resident 111, Glee Club
1, 2, 3, 41, Baseball 11,
, 3, 41, Play 121, Junior
Happy-go-lucky, full of
Always ready with a
' Honor Students
' 'Phil' ' Littleton
College Course. Glee Club
141. Basketball 141.
It didn't take us long to
like Phil's gay personality.
"Gen" South Acton
College Course, Glee Club
11, 2. Il, 41, Play 141. Jun-
ior and .Senior Prom.
Always with her home
And yet, Gen is full of
"Hank" North Acton
Commercial Course, Senior
Many words he uses not.
But his opinion means a
'Dexter Eugene Kelly
"Dex" West Acton
General Course, Football
11, 21, Baseball Manager
131, Torch 141. Glee Club
121. Play 121, President
Student Council 141, Senior
An optimist through and
For the brighter side we
look to you.
Harold James Knight
"Hank" South Acton
College Course, Football
12, 3, 41, Basketball 13.
41, Baseball 13, 41, Glas
Club 11, 2. 3, f1.
As an athlete he rates
the best -
Just one cha e he did
the rest. 'NILJMW
T H E T O R C H 9
1: 4 Roderick Da iel
Edith Beverly Larsen ,,Jm?fD0ug:Vlgst Acton
"Eadle" South Acton
Connnereial Course, Basket-
linll fl, 2. ll, 41. lloekey
112, Il. 41, Banquet.
'l'lio most-aot' tlieliest-al
Eleanor Joan Leveroni
"Elie" West Acton
Coniinerrial Course, 'Prens-
urer 11, 231, Basketball
ll, 2, Il, 41. Hockey 12, Il.
Capt. 41. 'Forrli 131, Glee
Club 41, 2, :i, 41, Pla,-S
til, 41, Junior and Senior
l,l'0lll. A. A. llanre, Bio-
'Phat All4Anieriean girl!
Milton Roger Locke
"Smokey" West Acton
College Course. Footlnill
122, 3, 41, llaselmll 141.
'l'oreli 141. lilee Cluli K41,
l'lays 113, 3. -11.
A randld camera Inan is
A professional pliiitog-
wlier, he lioultl he.
"Shaver" West Acton
llllllllllPl'K'llll Course. liaskrt-
liall 123. 41, lllee Claili til.
41, Plays 123, 41, rlllllltll'
and Senior Prom, Urvlies-
Ira til, -11. Class ll'ill.
One of the "l1ootlle
hand" is Moe.
llirv liitn a tronilione
N-QW und wutrh hint ol
"Kay' ' West Acton
General Course. Hom-key til,
41, Basketball 12, Cl, 41.
lll-ze Club Cl, 41, Junior
Prom. A, A. l1.un-e, Essay.
wx Kathryn Louise
Young Alllr'I"4'Il. it-rw ni-
. , Wt
Uoininerrial Course, Vice-
president 131. lllee Club
112. 41, Orchestra 11, 2.
Il. 41, Play t-11, Basket-
liall fl, 15. 31.
Ambition of tlie liner
A strong will, a strong
' 'Tootle' ' South Acton
Coniinereial Course, Basket-
liall tl. 2. Il, Capt. 41.
Hockey lil, 41, 'l'urrli 141,
Give Club fl, 11. Cl, 41.
Plays 12, Il, 41, .lunior and
Senior Prom, A. A. llunre,
Essay, Class Will.
llols of fun and plenty
Her personality w i l l
'..l1l'lllg her luck.
a I ft' V, E. '-I
'James Asaph Merriam
"Jim" South Acton
College Course. Baseball
122. Il, 41, 'l'orrli 141, Glee
Clulr Cl, 2. Il. 41, Football
Illanap.:ort41, Senior Prom,
Naturally nice . . . thut's
Jiinniyl I V I!
"Monty" West Acton
College Course, Plays 12,
Sl, 41, lllee Club 11, 21,
Urrliestra tl. 2, 3, 41,
l'lllt1ll11lll 12, Il, 41, Basket-
hall Manager 131, Junior
Prom, A. A. llunee, Essay,
Clays iliploniat is he,
An engineer he will be.
Roger Warren Moore
"Rog' ' Boxboro
General Course, S e n i o r
Artions s p e a k louder
Majorie Eleanor Nelson
"Midge' ' Boxboro
Gent-rnl Vnnrse, Student
t'nnnril tll. lim-key 1-U,
llzisketlinll 422, 41. tilee
Ulnh tl, 11, ZS. -tj. Essziy.
A lnynl friend, il pnl
XY:-'re sure Alinlgt-'ll gn
Joseph George Perry
X ' 'Joe' ' West Acton
l'lfllllll0l't'iIll Vnnrse. Basket-
hnll 112. -H, Hive t'luli ill,
A friend in need.
A friend indeed.
'Cynthia Louise Price
"Cyn" South Acton
College Fonrse. Vnledietor-
inn, Bnskethnll fl. 2, ft,
-U, llm-key 12, Il, Mgr.
4 7 . 'Porch 143, Seeret airy
A. A. K-U. Plays QU. ZH,
A. A. lhince. Graduation
tJunior and Senior l'roin,
The media-nl liehl is
To one with your inl-
enl the wnll will di-
"Bud" West Acton
General Vonrse. Fnotliaill
12. TU. Basketball. Q2l,
"A hit of nonsense nun'
Is relished hy the heat
"Bud" West Acton
t'nllQ-ge Course. 'l'rensnx'er
127, Fnntlmll 12. Il, Capt.
45, lilee l'lnls 12, Ill. l'lnyS
12, ill. Ort-liestrn til. -U.
, nninr Proln. A. A. llnnue.
Ilil4l21l'2llllll'l', tiraulnntinn Hs-
Like lil'Il?: ltife goes
swinging: hy ....
A power house trumpet.
riding high ....
Eleanor Lula Tate
"Ellie" West Acton
l'ulleg:e t'niii'm'. linsketlinll
tli. lileu t'lnls fl, Ill.
Play 1253. .lnninr Proin,
A. A. ID:uu'e.
'Vrnly n dnnl personality.
"Vi" West Acton
Unnmereinl Course, Basket-
ball tl, 2, 3. -H. Hockey
lil, Cl. 45. Glen- l'luli ff..
Il. -U. l'l:iy Q-U, Student
Yi's nhility tn play
l'nt her on our tennis
Af - '
li I' fy
Alfred Whitney jjf' I'
Cobleigh, Jr. x- 4'
"AP ' Boxboro f fl
General Course, S e n i o r
Although n fnriner at
lle always does his part.
"Vince" West Acton
Unllegn Course, Snlntzitor-
ish. Class lrlistory. tirntl-
Witty, humorous. elf-vcr,
Will he tail! . .NEVERI
Z V .
" Honor Students
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At this time, the Class of 1938 is fast reaching its academic maturity. In the
light of our hoped for success, this giant, the largest in the history of Acton, casts
its shadow across four years of Father Ti'n1e's domain.
This quasi-dark spot is not so dark, for when we examine its intricacies, we find
that it is filled with the hope of future success and happiness and that it is embued
with a pioneering spirit to attain that end.
The Class of 1938 began its high school career under the watchful eyes of Miss
Bixby and Miss Boornazian. It was first necessary to "Actonize" the several wel-
comed members from Boxboro. The fact that we had six candidates for high
honors during the first month of school proved our ability to adapt ourselves to
the new routine of work.
Our reception by the high and mighty Seniors gave us the rank and title of
full fledged Freshmen, willing to do four years of hard work for the reward of
By leading the class as president, John Smith followed the precedent established
by his colonial predecessor. Those elected to assist in the administration of fresh-
man activities lncluded Russell Hayward, vice-presidentg Irene Granberg, secretary,
and Leo Roche, treasurer. Marjorie Nelson and Robert Taylor represented the class
in the Student Council.
After the customary summer vacation, we returned to our Sophomore year to
flnd that Mr. Hough would no longer be here as our good friend and leader. His
successor was Mr. Walter F. Hall. Our numbers were somewhat diminished, but
we were still a Gulliver among all previous Sophomore classes.
Probably our most noteworthy achievement as Sophomores was the presenta-
tion of a play, which added several dollars to our wealth. Thus began our climb to
social fame. Robert Taylor was elected to carry on as president. The other elected
officers of the Class were George Downey, vice-presidentg Iris Hamm, secretary, Ralph
Spinney, treasurer, and Frances Fairbanks and Leonard Godfrey as delegates to the
Records show that the Junior year of the Class of 1938 was so successful as to
be enviable. The play, "A Bunch of Fun," prepared under Miss Boornazian, netted
9. handsome reward for the work involved.
During our Junior year a new system of nominating and electing all class
officers by ballot was introduced in all grades. Those elected in the Junior class
were: Leonard Godfrey, president: John Smith, vice-presidentg Eleanor Leveroni,
treasurer, and Irene Granberg, secretary. The Student Council members were Iris
Hamm and Roderick MacDougall.
Many members of the class hurdled an item of great expense by paying for
their class rings. The class selected colors of blue and silver and levied dues of one
dollar eighty cents, such dues to be paid by June, 1938, to make one eligible to at-
tend the Senior Banquet and Picnic.
The Junior Prom became an activity of pront, as well as of enjoyment, under
the able direction of the chairman of the several Prom Committees. Although the
expenses amounted to more than fifty dollars, a profit of thirty dollars was realized.
Our feeling of inferiority to other students had entirely gone when we were
flnally seated in Room 16, in charge of Miss Boornazian, our faculty advisor. This
was the first occasion in our high school career which found the entire class in the
same home room.
Those chosen for class officers, by means of the ballot system of election, were:
John Smith, president: Leonard Godfrey, vice-president, Frances Stuart, secretaryg
Robert Taylor, treasurer, and Viola Thatcher and Dexter Kelley to the Student
The flrst of the many major Senior Class activities, the Senior Play, "Spring
Fever," was held at the high school on one night. It was a success in enjoyment, in
experience, and financially. Gifts were presented to Miss Billman and bo Mr. Green-
man for their welcomed aid.
The Senior boys were numerous on the first string football team, which lost
many games by narrow margins while playing against much larger schools. Ralph
Spinney was injured in a school game, so we held a benefit dance for him. Since
this was a minor success financially, the class voted an additional sum to help de-
fray his expenses. His accident brought out the real spirit of sportmanship and loyalty
to a fellow classmate which motivates the Class of 1938.
In basketball, the spirit to play fairly, but determinedly, manifested itself
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throughout the season, even to the last game of the tournament. The first string
team, composed of five seniors, also lost most of its games by small scores to much
larger schools. Nevertheless, they put up a hard fight and, when playing against
teams in their own class, proved to be sufficiently good to win the consolation finals
at the Fitchburg tournament. The school received the trophy, a basketball player
shooting for a basket, as a reward for the team's performances.
The field hockey and Girls' basketball teams, composed largely of Senior girls,
had very satisfactory seasons. Although organized sports for girls are comparatively
new, the prospects point to keen competition for popularity between the boys' and
the girls' teams.
The Acton Athletic Association dues, now being paid 'by a large portion of the
students, were changed from five cents weekly to fifty cents for September and ten
cents monthly thereafter. In October, 1937, the Seniors conducted a dance, for the
benefit of the A. A. A. from which a satisfactory profit was realized.
Perhaps the most controversial issue thus far, concerned the type of graduation
exercises to be held. Among the several proposals were essays, with and without an
outside speaker, a panel-discussion, a debate, and a mock town meeting. Despite
the efforts of the school authorities to encourage the panel-discussion, the class voted
to present essays with no outside speaker. The essays in the graduation program are
to be given by Cynthia Price, Robert Montague, Leonard Godfrey, Ralph Spinney.
and Vincent Sheehan.
In order to avoid interference among the several activities of the Seniors and
the lower classes, the Senior Banquet and Prom will be held on the same evening,
June 15, 1938. The chairmen of the Senior Prom Committees are Robert Taylor,
music, Dexter Kelley, publicity, Frances Stuart, decorationsg and Cynthia Price,
To obtain increased revenue for the class picnic, it was proposed to reduce the
amount spent for gifts and to have a food sale. It was hoped that these plans would
help the class to cope with the added expenses due to the large number of members.
The food sales made a profit of about twenty-four dollars. The class also voted that
Senior dues of a diollar and Junior dues of a dollar eighty cents must be paid before
enjoying the Banquet and Picnic.
In former years, about ninety per cent of the Senior class was pictured in "The
Torch." Failure to have one hundred per cent pictured was due to the inability of
certain members to reach the studios of Purdy, official class photographer. This
year, all members who are graduating will have photographs in "The Torch," thanks
to Purdy's attendance at the school.
Probably the most tedious activity of the year to both teachers and pupils was
the writing and correcting of the Acton Essays. A sigh of relief echoed in Room
16 on the morning of March lst when all essays were handed to the teacher.
On the following day the pupils' worry was assumed by those judging for the
best ten. The relief of some of the students did not last, because those qualifying
had only 'begun the fight. They have had to revise their essays from two to four
times and to prepare for public presentation. Marjorie Nelson was adjudged winner
of the contest and George Rifford was second. Wait until the Jolly Juniors are put
to the test of essay writing!
We all recognize and appreciate the counsel given by the faculty, who, al-
though, at times bitterly opposed, intended to benefit us.
It can easily be seen that the shadow cast by the Class of 1938 is not so dark
as it might have been. Among the more immediate factors contributing to this
light complexion is the fact that many memorable acquaintances have been made
with teachers and fellow classmates. We know from tales related by our parents
that many s-chool friendships have furnished happy, life long memories. VVe hope
that these four years will furnish similar memories to us.
Probably most of the brightness in our shadowy past is the result of the ever
present hope for a happy and successful future. Although some pessimlstically assert
that there can be little hope, no one can deny that there is reason for hope in that
our future stations of life have been raised by our attendance at Acton High Sghool,
We may also say that there is an opportunity for us to be a part of the greatest nation
in the history of the world, if we but will it.
Therefore, let us, upon graduating from Acton High, enter the world with the
same pioneering spirit which has characterized our action in the past four years.
Let us determine to be the patriotic citizens for which we have been preparing.
One thing seems certain, that, ten or twelve or fifty years hence, we shall look
back upon the years of our association in Acton High School and remember them
as among the happiest, most enjoyable of our lives.
V. SHEEHAN, '38.
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We. the Class of '38, of Acton High School, Acton, Massachusetts, known the
world over for our brilliancy and our talents, do hereby find ourselves about to
"pass out quietly." Due to our early and sudden expiration we do therefore make,
public, and declare this to be our last will and testament.
TO THE SCHOOL, wc grant the aforementioned talents of our famous cla s
with full' permission to reflect upon our future glory. Shamefacedly we leave with
apologies, occasional scratches on the walls, desks, chairs, and floors.
TO THE FACULTY, we leave tender expressions of grief for our occasional ob-
TO THE CLASS OF '39, we grant, as all other classes before us have done, our
historic marks of superiority. -
TO THE SOPHOMORES, we leave all that we have left -- HOPE --- a hope
that you may reach the heights tio which your sister class has aspired and occasionally
recall that. "You are the ones who make the rules" at Acton.
T0 THE FRESHMEN, we bequeath safe advice from the depths of our experience
and the realization that " a little learning is a dangerous thing" and yet a little is
better than none.
To Mr. Hall, our fondest hope that next year's seniors will be just a bit more
To Miss Billman, our hope that she will find the future Senior Play Casts as
entertaining as we were.
To Miss Boornazian, our hope that she will not be bothered by persistent hum-
mers such as the ones in the present Senior Class.
To Mr. Frank Braman, our hope for a class that will draw like Whistler and
To Mr. George Braman, our hope that in the future he will keep away from
To Miss Davenport, our hopes for success and happiness with the "girls in blue."
To Mr. Dolan, our hope for a new group of athletes to fill the many vacancies we
To Mr. Greenman, a history class that will appreciate his efforts to convey the
educational values of the Panel Discussion and the Town Meeting of the Air.
To Mr. Holt. a class that will have their experiments done on time.
To Mr. Hopkinson, our hope for many successful years with the car which has so
faithfully transported him in the past.
To Miss-Jones, a hope that next year she will have an organized staff of office
To Miss Leavitt, our hope that her "dishes" will continue to increase in popu-
To Mr. Moranr, our hope that his future Glee Clubs will enjoy singing "Loch
Lomond" as much as we.
To Miss Stolte. our hope that sometime in the future she will have a room
adjoining the library.
To Miss Towne, our hope for a clerk in the future to assist her in that terrible
task, correcting compositions.
To Mr. MacDougall, our hiope for someone in the future who will be as efficient
as Franklin Charter.
Robert Montague generously leaves his "pathetic poetic endeavors" to Irving
Robert Taylor and Virginia Hodgen leave their "proficiency in art" to David
John Smith's "basketball technique" to John Anderson.
Kathryn MacDougall and Eleanor Tate reluctantly bequeath their "mirror" to
The "loquaclousness" of Eleanor Leveroni and George Rifford is liberally left to
Dorothy Coulter will receive "a permanent place on the detention list" gladly
donated by Ralph Splnney.
Nancy Starbuck will be the recipient of Audrey Grala's "charming pout."
Florence Harriman's "enthusiasm to work" goes to Robert Newsham.
Cynthia Price and Morjorie Nelson graciously donate their "excess avoirdupois"
to Helen Pederson.
By the benignity of Russell Hayward, his "humorous exclamationsn are left to
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Dexter Kelly and Leonard Godfrey bequeath their "aptitude for public speaking"
to George Robinson.
Gloria Wamboldt will be happy to receive the "extreme height" of Joseph
Perry and Mabel Charter.
Frances Stuart's "smile" is bestowed upon Eleanor Byron.
Marion Sargent will be glad to get the "Downey Twins" "efficiency in dancing."
James Merriam bequeaths his "broad-minded views" to James Nelson.
The "gaiety" of Elizabeth Davis and Marion McGuire is cheerfully left to Lillian
The renowned "athletic ability" of Edith Larsen and Viola Thatcher is modestly
left to Janet Spinney.
Edward MacDougall's and Pauline Aldred's "way with the teachers" to George
Roger Moore's "tranquil utterances" are quietly left to Guy Bragdon.
The Hgentlemanly composure" of Roderick MacDougall and LeForest Gray is
bequeathed to Walter Anderson.
Frederick Conquest will rejoice in the "extensive vocabulary" generously left
to him by Phyllis Heckman and Vincent Sheehan.
The "scholastic ability" of Harry Hollowell and Milton Locke is graciously left
to Robert Clapp.
Irene Granberg's and Alfred Cobleigh's "tranquility" to Eleanor Brackett.
The "football inclination" of Harold Knight are whole-heartedly left Kenneth
Joseph Walther will receive Amelia Gagnon's "bookkeeping knowledge."
In due testimony whereof, set by the heart, hand and seal of the Class of 1938.
witnessed by the most outstanding class of Acton High, we declare this to be our
last will and testament on this memorable 15th day of June in the august year nine-
teen hundred thirty-eight. We nominate and appoint Miss Margaret Boornazian of
Acton High School, executrix.
E. MacDOUGALL, Notary Publicg
M. McGUIRE, Lawyer,
J. MERRIAM, Attorney at Law.
Abdul Bulbul Ameer
One evening, ten years after graduating from Acton High School. I was seated
comfortably by the flreside, wondering how my old classmates had fared in the world
since 1938. Gradually, I slipped into the arms of Morpheus, and as though at the
command of a genii, visions moved before me, and I saw a towering ediflce in the
center of a metropolis. Here in the studios of a prominent broadcasting company,
I saw Eleanor Tate and Alfred Cobleigh rehearsing their gags for the next program
for which Roger Moore was the announcer. Presiding over a great clinic in the
same building, I saw Edward MacDougall, an internationally famous doctor. Among
his corps of nurses were Mabel Charter and Elizabeth Davis. The view shifted to the
executive office, where sat Russell Hayward at the manager's desk, dictating to
Phyllis I-Ieckman, his private secretary.
These visions faded away and I saw clearly before me the entrance to a cos-
mopolitan nlght club. Entering, I was greeted by a vivacious hat-check girl, none
other than Eleanor Leveroni. At the same time, I was cheerfully hailed by Anna
Downey, the cigarette girl. To add to the surprises of the evening, I was entertained
by Frances Stuart, the specialty singer.
Then, across the misty, revealing screen, there appeared a massive hotel. Step-
ping smartly alcross the lobby in the immaculate uniform of a bellhop, was Milton
Locke. Here autograph seekers mobbed Leonard Godfrey, the current idol of cinema
romance. Above in the mezzanine, I saw Katherine MacDougall busily engaged in
hairdressing, and, assisting her, Robert Taylor, a promising young barber.
With the passing of this scene, the dining room of the same hotel appeared
before me. As a charming waitress turned my way, I saw she was Edna Downey.
Conversing busily over their food, sat Marion McGuire, the well-known scientist,
and John Smith in clerical collar and coat.
Again the scene changed, and before me, in Madison Square Garden, lay a
panorama of the World's Greatest Circus. The antics of Dexter Kelly, clown extra-
ordinary, had the crowd in stitches, while Edith Larsen, beatiful bare-back rider.
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led the parade. Aloft on the flying trapeze, George Rifford thrilled the audience,
while Harry Hollowell, clad in a tiger skin, performed miracles of physical strength
on the tanbark. Prominent in the parade was Ralph Spinney, fourth flutest in the
The outline of a college gradually loomed before me, and I found Vincent Shee-
han presiding in the library, while nearby, Roderick MacDougall poured over heavy
volumes of law. In a class-room, Amelia Gagnon, the teacher of bookkeeping, was
happily occupied in her life's work.
As these scenes faded away, I saw a large tennis court and crowds of people
cheering the tennis champion, Irene Granberg.
On a street in California, a little doughnut stand was revealed, swarmed with
eager customers. Here, Cynthia Price, charmingly dispensed her home-made
In a cosy cottage by the seashore, Pauline Aldred and her husband, James Mer-
riam, shoe factory employee, joyously romped with their two strapping youngsters.
The lilting tones of a soprano came to my ear from an opera house where Viola
Thatcher held an audience spellbound by her music. As the song died away, Virginia
Hodgen, a sweet and alluring debutante, came before me. Her dress, an exquisite
portrait of grace and poise, was designed by Marjorie Nelson.
Quick revelations in my clairvoyant dream showed Florence Harriman as a travel-
ing saleswoman, convincing customers of the value of her merchandise with forceful.
flourishing words. Harold Knight,star reporter,was terselyrappingvivid headlines over
telegraph wires while his gum-chewing photographer, LeForest Gray, dozed in a
swivel chair. Robert Montague, a 'bachelor possessing millions, was donating funds
to charity. Audrey Grala was a prima donna of the ice ballet. Joseph Perry, mag-
nate of the poultry industry, rolled through Central Park in a chauffered Cadallac.
Just as a collison with a baby carriage seemed imminent, my involuntary warning
shout roused me from my reverie of dreams and I awoke to a new and glorious dawn,
with feelings of happiness and satisfaction at the success of my old classmates.
A. GRALA, '38,
R. MONTAGUE, '38.
Mr. Hall '
Mr. Hall, our superintendent. because you are a rabid swing fan, we give you
this picture of your idol, the King of Swing, Benny Goodman. We hope you will
treasure it always.
Miss Billman, we give you this chicken feed to quiet your Ubarnyard folk" when
they start doing their "stuff,"
Miss Boornazian. our class advisor, we leave you this plan for a budget so that
future classes will not have our difficulties.
Mr. Frank Braman
Mr. Braman. our art instructor, we present you with this lock and key so that
in future years the art supplies may be used exclusively for art work.
Mr. George Braman
Mr. Braman, because you gave us our nautical decorations as proof of your love
for the sea, we present you with this miniature lighthouse as a symb-ol of good
luck. May its beacon be your guiding star. Never part with it.
Miss Davenport. our new coach, we leave this goodluck charm so that you may
have as good luck with the girls as Miss Jones.
Mr. Dolan, our coach, we give you this book of New Jokes to amuse the under-
Mr. Greeman. our history teacher, please accept this stamp with an "A," so that
some pupil in the future may obtain the seemingly impossible.
Mr. Holt, our "Bug Catcher," we give you this diagram for a simple telephone
running from the laboratory to the kitchen so that you may save many needless
footsteps in the future.
Mr. Hopkinson '
Mr. Hopkinson, a grand man, we give you this "A" for your untalling loyalty
to A. H. S.
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Miss Jones, keep this package of Sensen handy to give to your garlic eaters.
Miss Leavitt, we give you this credit book to keep track of your many charge
Mr. MacDougall, our janitor, we leave this new broom as we notice the old one
is all shot.
Mr. Moran, we give you this box of Bayer's Aspirin to take after orchestra prac-
tice. We feel sure you will find them very useful.
Miss Stolte, our dramatist, we leave you this book on "How to Give Interesting
and Clever Dramatic Readings."
Miss Towne, here is a book on "How to Ski, in Ten Easy Lessons." We've
noticed that you had quite a bit of trouble on skiis.
Polly, we give you this bottle of beauty tonic so that you may obtain Franny
Stuart's good looks and quiet ways.
Mabel, we give you this marriage license, for we hear you are soon to wed.
Alfred, with this tractor you may enjoy all the advantages of scientific farming
that have been taught you by Mr. Ericson.
Lizzie, we give you this red truck. We understand a certain somebody from
Maynard has one like it.
Anna and Edna Downey
To the twins we leave these bits of ribbon, red for Anna, and blue for Edna.
Amelia, we give you this map of Acton so that you will know that Chelmsford lsn't
the only place in the world.
Ozz, we give you this tin saxophone to amuse yourself between acts of plays.
Phoebe, we give you this hatchet so you can carry on your caveman activities
Renie, this little car will take you anywhere you wi h.
Le Forest Gray
Lee, we give you this new pipe to take the place of your old one,hoping that you
will not not use lt as long.
Tootsie, we leave this ball of varigated yarn with which to turn out some more
intricate tatting designs.
Russ, we leave you this doll to make love to, guaranteed not to cross you.
Phyllis, in case of engine trouble, just wind up this alarm clock spring and place
lt under the hood of your car. We guarantee it will get you to the nearest
Virgie, we give you this Romeo so that yours may be a perfect romance.
Harry. the class baby, we give you this rattle so that you may have some form
. of athletics.
Dex, we give you this cake of your favorite violet scented soap to use when you
get through work on the railroad.
Hank, we understand that you are always eating before dinner, so to you we give
this "Oh Henry" bar.
Eadle, our quiet little girl, we give this check to put you through Staley School
Elie, we leave this picture of the Seven Dwarfs in case y0l! 1030 your popularity.
Smoky, our class photographer, we give you this magazine on photography. We
hope that some day you will become an expert photographer.
Moe, we feel sure you'll know what to do with this diamond.
Kay, we give you this magnifying glass to look into those mysterious letters.
Jug, this package of hair dye is just the thing you need.
Jimmie, we give you this beet so you can appreciate the color of your blush.
Marion, we give you this -bucket to dip your mop in.
Monty, we give you this can of baby food in case you run short some noon time.
Roger, here is a ticket to California. Go West, young man, and grow up with
Midge. there's something about a soldier 1- what can it be?
Joe, we give you this fly paper to help you catch a sweetheart.
Cynthia, our future M. D., we present this dictionary to you so that you may
look up medical terms.
Bud, this song sheet will aid you in serenading Miss Billman.
Vincent, we give you this deilciency card to show you what it feels like to get one.
Smitty, we leave you this curler for that front "lock" of hair.
Bud, we leave you this toy trumpet to help Ozz out.
Franny, our class beauty, we give you this make-up set so that your beauty will
be permanently assured.
Ellie, we give you this can of sardines. We understand fish is brain food.
Red, we leave you this picture of your idol, Walt Disney.
Vi, we leave you this set of filing cards to keep you in practice.
E. DAVIS. '38,
L. GODFREY, '38.
Dr. of Charm and Personality ..... . . ....... Edith Larsen
Prof. of Bluff-ology
Prof. of Work-ology ..
Dr. of Flirt-ology .,,...
Dr. of Modesty ,..,.......
Dr. of Loiter-ology ...,
Prof. of Quiet-ology ..
Dr. of Car-ology ........
Prof. of Farm-ology ,.
Dr. of Goat-ology .........
Prof. of Gagage-ology
Prof. of Shy-ology .............
Prof. of Rhythm-ology
cDougall, The Twins
.. .........................,.,....... .... R oger Moore
Le Forest Gray
Best looking girl ..,.,
Best looking boy .......
Best girl athlete ..,.,....
Best boy athlete ........
Best girl dancer .......,
Best boy dancer .,...,.
Class baby ..,....,..4,...
Class sheik ....,.....
Most original ..,..
Sweetest girl .............,
Favorite sport ...A ....,...
Most popular girl ..,..,
Most popular boy .,..,...
Best dressed girl ........,
Best dressed boy ....,.
Class musician ....,..
Most likely to succeed ,.....
Best actress .............,....
Best actor .....,.. ........,.....
Favorite pastime ...,.
Most studious .....,. .....
Most sophisticated ...,.,
Class vamp ....,..........,......,.
Favorite author ,,,....,...,.........
Favorite screen actress
Favorite screen actor ..
Faculty pets ...,., ..... ....,..,.,.
Most talkative girls .....
Most talkative boys ....
Most accommodating girls ....,.
Most accommodating boys ...,. .
Dreamers ..,.,.,.,...... .......,..,...
Man haters , ..,..,...,
Woman haters .......,
. . . ,..,. Viola Thatcher
,. , Edward MacDougall
. ,......,,, Pauline Aldred
. ..,.4.....,,......, Basketball
., .,..,,.. Cynthia Price
. ...... Shakespeare
Russell Hayward, Dexter Kelley
.. Pauline Aldred, Milton Locke
. Eleanor Leveroni, Pauline Aldred
Russell Hayward, Edward MacDougall
Eleanor Leveroni, Irene Granberg
John Smith, Joseph Perry
Eleanor Leveroni, Marion McGuire
Virginia Hodgen, Eleanor Leveroni
. ,... Florence Harriman, Virginia Hodgen
.. ....,.........,,....,.......,.. Vincent Sheehan, Harry Hollowell
A POST GRADUATE LOOKS BACK
I put my bottle of fountain pen ink into a corner of my desk, took up a
pencil and looked around uneasily. I felt out of place with the Class of '38 and
missed my pals of the "Good old Class of '37." I looked sadly on my Senior
year, realizing that I could never recapture the good times, the hilarity, the big-
ness of "just being a Senior."
In less than a week, however, I saw that my stay was not going to be as
uncomfortable as I had anticipated. Already I was eating lunch with some girls
who kept me in spasms of laughter.
Last year, as a Senior, I said, "That Junior class makes me sick-so silly-
no dignity-the girls do nothing but giggle!" This year I found that the reason
I had said that was because I was just a Senior-with inflated ego. I found the
girls, whom I had thought silly, were really lots of fun, and those I had known
only by name, became real individuals.
Last year I thought I'd never be able to look at another sandwich and en-
joy it. This year, I've been buying my lunches occassionally and, as noon hour
is always a time for hilarity, I can look a sandwich straight in the eye and anti-
cipate its goodness.
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A warm feeling comes over me when someone says, "Hi, Libby." I feel as
ifdlbwere a part of things and not the "left-over" from last year that I thought
Sometimes I'm very much amused at the genuine concern the students have over
simple matters. Then, I think back-whew! I've been through it all once! I've
lost sleep over little things and argued heatedly for hours with the rest. Now,
as I look back, I see the folly of independent fyouth. If I had curbed my tongue
and hushed my thoughts, I would have more self-respect today. I blush, when
I remember how silly I was to fuss over a little rule. Yet, classes will do that,
for a Senior will always feel worldly wise. If one stopped to think-one would
be so much wiser, really!
So, I am not sorry that I came back to take a Post Graduate course. I have
learned more this year than I did last. As a Senior I refused to have my eyes
opened-and as a P. G. I have slowed up and found many friendships that were
undreamed of. Moreover, I have found a peace of mind that still surprises me.
E. REED, '37.
LAUGHTER OUT OF THE GROUND V
The national resources of the world have often been called "laughter out of
the ground" by poets, because they are the means of bringing convenience and
comfort to mankind.
A person would find it very difficult to live if there were no minerals. Just
think of all the uses of iron, in buildings, cars, trains, boats, airplanes, bridges,
and hundreds of other things. Salt, which is needed in the diet, is a mineral.
Gold, silver, lead, copper, and coal are just a few of the minerals. No Wonder
they are called "laughter out of the ground."
Scientists know that natural mineral resources will not last forever. Now
they are trying to find substitutes for minerals. Did you know that Henry Ford
plans to make cars out of soy beans? Sometime just sit down and think how life
would be without minerals.
R. CREELEY, '43.
AS A COUNTRY GIRL SEES BOSTON
Trotting down the streets of Boston on a bright Saturday afternoon, the
country girl doesn't see Bunker Hill, the Old South Church, or Faneuil Hall. In-
stead, she sees the narrow streets with cars parked on both sides, and the nar-
rower sidewalks crowded with people, a hundred different nationalities. There is
hardly enough room for one to stand and talk, especially during the big shopping
days of the year. Walking down Winter Street, she is suddenly astonished to find
herself walking on Summer Street. Standing on the curb, waiting for the yellow
light, she sees a great mass of people crossing in the middle of blocks and appear-
ing diagonally from all corners. Taxi cabs dash in and out, dodging other cars.
She hears the roaring of motors and the newspaper boys yelling the latest news.
She sees not only the well built areas but the old dilapidated buildings of another
district, a part of Boston which everyone sees, but about which very few tell.
E. LARSEN, '38.
Every spring the headwall of Tuckerman's Ravine becomes a haven of dreams
for many real ski fanatics who gladly drive hundreds of miles to obtain the near-
est thing to "Alpine Skiing" in the East.
Tuckerman's Ravine is the most beautiful place imaginable in the spring time.
The steep slopes form a huge natural bowl backed by Mt. Washington's tower-
ing majesty. Here King Winter has performed one of his greatest miracles, the
transformation of a dingy, barren, and unsightly slope into a dazzling, sparkling
fairyland, of soft, billowy snow, and crystalline ice formations.
Skiing in the ravine is superb. There is every type of slope conceivable. Not
only experts, but amateurs may find whatever pitch they desire and may ski under
conditions best suited to their ability. For the tyros the more gentle lower slopes,
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for the intermediates, the higher slopes, and then for the experts, there is the real
thriller, the actual headwall, which rises almost vertically over a thousand feet.
But is spring skiing worth the trouble? That is the question that rises in
the minds of many people. From my own personal experience, I say "Yes." I feel
that the beauty of the mountains, the mildness of the weather, the thrill of skiing,
and the valuable exercise one receives is Well worth distance and small expense to
enjoy it. The crowds, numbering up to three thousand people, that flock to the
ravine any week-end in March, April, and May, show that I am not alone in my
L. GODFREY, Jr., '38.
' BENNY THE GOGD
And so it came to pass that on the night of May first, in the year of our
Lord, one thousand nine hundred and thirty-eight, a great throng of music lovers
gathered in a quaint building in the heart of Boston Town, namely Symphony Hall,
to listen to the immortal classics being "beat out" by that inimitable master of
swing, the one and only king of the clarinet, Benny Goodman. The house was sold
out three weeks in advance, and only by writing for a ticket as many months be-
fore, was I able to receive admission.
It may be mentioned, in passing, that on the night of the twenty-ninth of
said month, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt was slated to lecture. There were a few
people there, but no one had found it necessary to write in even a day ahead of
curtain call to arrange for seats.
One may decide to go to a concert by some great orchestra the night of the
show, but if one did this on Sunday, May first, the only thing he would have seen
were closed doors-
It's just the two trumpet kings, Gordon Griflin and Harry James, the one and
only drummer, Dave Tuff, the immortal Stasy on the ivories, Browney with that
hot trombone, Herman Shirlztner and a new one from Tommy Dorsey's band, Bud
Freeman on the tenor sax, and last, but not least, the only Benny Goodman burn-
ing out a "hot lick" on the clarinet. But this is just why I had to pay 53.50 for
a fairly good seat to listen, not to that sentimental gentleman of swing, not to
the sweetest music this side of heaven, and his three brothers, but to that great
Professor of Swingology and his class of fourteen masters, Benny Goodman.
R. TAYLOR, '38.
Fair Algebra whose ins and outs
Fill my poor head with many doubts,
How glad I'll be, come June again,
To leave behind your fuss and pain.
In vain I strive with X and Y,
With two unknowns and little 11 ipil
Yet here or there, without a doubt.
Some ghastly error will creep out!
To set at naught all, all my labor,
And leave me a 60 paper.
V. HODGEN, '38.
We extend our sincere appreciation to our advertisers, whose kindness and gen-
erosity have made possible this year book. Our readers, we honestly believe, will
patronize the various concerns here represented.
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Most seniors agree that a peculiar feeling overtakes them on the verge of gradu-
Through the first three years we go merrily on, first as very green freshmen, the
butt of practical jokes and wise cracks. Next we are Sophomores, a rather inter-
mediate state. As Juniors, we awake and begin to take a very lively interest in such
activities as the "Junior Play," or the "Junior Prom."
Now finally as Seniors "sitting on top of the world," we suddenly feel a little bit
uncertain. Out of the rosy mist of unreality and future events, graduation begins
to loom large and is suddenly very near. That which we thought a pleasant but
distant occasion is at hand.
Committees are chosen. and at last completely reconciled to fate, the Seniors
plunge into preparations for this final and greatest high school event.
Another year and we may be in college, or working, and far removed, in many
cases, from the happy associations of the past years.
Little wonder that we stop a moment and feel a sensation of loss that somehow
seems all too imminent. But soon, we are on again in a whirl of preparation for
the final "Iiing." .
V. HODGEN, '38.
Detective O'Malley sat at his desk at Police Headquarters, in one hand he held
a half eaten banana, and in the other, the telephone receiver. Every once in a while
he stopped his conversation to take a bite of the fruit. Apparently he was talking
to his wife, because at intervals -he would grunt, "Yes, dear," or "All right, darling."
Finishing the conversation, Det. O'Malley tipped his chair back and planted his feet
on the desk. The banana gone by this time, O'Malley leaned over and took a large
pear from the bowl that stood on one corner of his desk. He then picked up the
"Thrilling Detective Stories" magazine, sighed, and turned a page.
Suddenly the door opened and young detective, Pat Kelly, entered. "Say
Chief," he shouted, "there's been a murder down at the 'Sportsman Club' ,..,,.. Rodney
VanNorton 'has been murdered in cold blood!"
The chair crashed to the floor, O'Malley grabbed his hat and tore out of the office.
shouting after him "Don't leave this room 'till I call, I may need you."
Detective 0'Malley arrived at the clubhouse in five minutes flat. Tearing inside
he pushed the crowd aside. "One side you guys ,, don't touch a thing ,, all right every-
body go along and mind your own business." 1
One tall, dark, young fellow whom O'Ma1ley had pushed aside, shoved back and
said. "Say who do you think you are ,the King or somebody?"
O'Malley stopped with a jerk ,,.,,.. "Just a minute, young fellow, come along with
me, we may need you."
The young fellow growled, "Aw nuts, I gotta scram ,.,,,,,, I gotta date." With
this he turned and hurried away. O'Malley sent one of the young cops after him,
but he was gone.
The whole case was turned over to O'Malley when he arrived. He studied it for
a couple of hours and then returned to Headquarters. "Kelly," he said, "I'll give
22 THE TORCH
the glory to you, go down to the clubhouse and get William VanNorton, for the murder
of his brother Rodney. Don't stand there ,.,...,. MOVE! ! " Kelly obeyed-
The arrest was made. Kelly and the other detectives hurried back to Head-
quarters and into O'Malley's office. "Say Chief," Kelly asked, "What's the idea?
VanNorton confessed, but how the devil did you know that he was guilty? You
must be getting smart all of a sudden!"
"Elementary, my dear Kelly, elementary. Let me explain. The floor of the
smoking room in which Rodney VanNorton was murdered has a white linoleum floor.
Right? Well, by the door that leads to the stables I noticed some -heel marks
made with red clay. The print was made with Firestone rubber heels. William Van-
Norton had a pair of sport shoes on today with Firestone rubber heels. He had been
out to the stables to look over the new polo ponies he had just bought. The small
inlet, where they put the unshod ponies, has a soft floor of red. dirt that is wet down
each noontime. Evidently William VanNorton had stamped his feet upon entering the
clubhouse. He then had 'had an argument with his brother about a debt he owed
which Rodney refused to pay. This argument resulted in murder."
"But Chief," interrupted Kelly, "what about that young Ned Black who was so
tough when you first arrived at the scene of the murder. Wasn't he in on it?"
"He was," answered O'Malley, "but he didn't play his part very well, he was
just a little too tough and wanted to attract attention. A murderer never does that:
he stays out of the picture as much as possible. I knew at the beginning he had
nothing to do with it. He had on riding boots. They don't have rubber heels."
There was a lot of back slapping and congratulations for O'Malley who insisted,
"It wasn't anything. I"m just not afraid of anything and that's why I solved the
murder so quickly .,..,,., "
The 'phone rang shrilly .....,.. 0'Mal1ey answered grufly, "Hello" ,,,,,, followed by a
very soft, "Yes darling."
B. COULTER, '40.
APRIL IN VIRGINIA
I saw spring in Virginia once
Its beauty captured for a single week in April.
Nature's first wild snatching at new life was over,
Replaced by a tranquil sunny growth
Setting the music to a new and breathless score.
The dogwood hung in wreathing glory,
Judas' flery glance, glaring from each mountain,
Fiercely clashing with the sifted softness of the red earth.
' E. REED, '37.
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Since 1927 there have been 295 students
graduated from Acton High School.
Many of the recent graduates are in business schools and colleges, but still more are
engaged in gainful occupations.
Number in class, 14 J. Gates, Engineer
Girls Married, 8 R. Holland, Business Insurance
F. Clifford, Secretary 12. Whitney, Extension Service
G. Braman, Manual Arts Instructor
Number in class, 22 A. Davis, Jr., Bookkeeper
Girls Married, 5 W. Toohey, Poultry Farming
At home, 2 E. Heath, Factory
C. Byron, Office M. Wamboldt, Clerk
.R. Perkins, Truck Driver
Number in class, 26 ' R. Jones, Engineer
Girls Married, 10 L. Feltus, Operator
At home, 3 G. McGovern, Weston's Baker
E. Jones, Teacher
Number in class, 25
Girls Married, 5
R. Johnson, Middlebury
M. Duggan, Pharmacist '
Number in class, 26
Girls Married, 7
At Home, 1
Batchelder, State Dept.
Hagen, Business College
. Coombs, Secretary
Hagen, Tufts Medical School
35 og 9
Number in class, 28
Girls married, 5
D. Willis, Housework
A. Haynes, Insurance Salesman
W. Berglind, Radio Factory
S. Hill, Farming
W. Bursaw. Oil Business
C. Callanan, Teacher
J. Edney, Extension Service
D. Roche, Registered Nurse
S. Hager, Poultry Farming
J. Whitcomb, Insurance
C. Cunningham, Truck Dispatcher
P. Duggan, Clerk
N. Perkins, Truck Driver
A. Flagg, Farming
R. Sanborn, A. and P. Manager
R. Tompkins, Cushman's Baker
A. Massle, Teacher
A. Sadler, Harvard College
M. Parks, Optical Adjuster
M. Heath, Secretary
L. Reynolds, Truck Driver
L. Ineson, Office
M. Soares, Office
R. Thompson, Insurance
T. Callahan, Factory
A. Parker, Office
I. Dunn, Holland Motor Co.
D. Peppard, Springfield College
H. Feltus, Tree Surgeon
W. Thompson, Boston University
R. Flint, Office
J. Kullesus, Farming
x M. Middleton, Teacher
Number in class, 36 H. Hilton, Poultry Farming
Glrls married, 2 C. Tuttle, Fitchburg Normal
At home, 7 M. Ineson, Office
J. Anderson, Clerk A. Johnson, Tufts College
C. Callanan, Englneer E. Kelly, Office
R. Brown, Duke University R. Liebfried, Bettlnger Corp.
E. Hagen, Jackson College C. Laird, Fitchburg Normal
R. Slsson, Acton Motor Co. E. Oelschlegel, Boston University
J. Hager, B. U. Medical W. Sims, Franklin Institute
C. Thompson, Boston University L. Tolman, Middlesex Laundry
Number ln class, 28 P. Robbins, Paciflc Mills
Girls Married, 4 E. Grala, Tree Surgeon
At home, 4 E. Sheehan, Fitchburg Normal
J. Farrar, Clerk A. Smart, Mill Worker
E. Parker, Santa Clara College A. Nelson, A slstant Engineer
G. Raymond, Winter Hill Motor Co. L. Wood, Fitchburg Normal
E. Gates, Fitchburg Normal
Number in class, 30 D. Feltus, Optical School
At home, 5 C. Gallagher, Jr., Northeastern
B. Jenks, Boston University O. Hill, Teaching
E. Callanan, Student Nurse J. Rifford, Business College
A. Leveronl, Burdett College W. Holland, Office
M. Coolidge, Fitchburg Normal M. Smith, Gordon College
L. Cunningham, Jr., Garage D. Jefferies, Student Nurse
A. Middleton, Office G. Tate, Gordon College
E. Fairbanks, Secretary
if , . 1937
Ntmber in class, 31 F. Charter, Post Graduate
Gi-ills married, 2 A. Hayward, Burdette College
At' home, 7 L. Hayward, Office
A. Anderson, Farming E. Reed, Post Graduate
R. .Dunivan,,I-Iousework H. Wamboldt, Strong's Market
E. Durkee, University of Chicago R. Noll, Staley School
S. Bondelevitch, St. Anslem's P. Webb, Telephone Operator
J. Fallon, Trade School R. Piper, Jr., Post Graduate
A. Gilbert, Cushing Prep School M. Whitcomb, Simmons College
I have left them in a place
Of dim lights, and long corridors,
And restless, ever restless classes..
Six years. .
While the bud of life is molded
Scanned by frosts, wounded often
And beautifully expanded by warm suns.
Six years. A
Ofwhich 'not all are happy memories
l Of love, and friendship, and sun's warmth
y But some of battles won and lost, the same of friends.
Through which, as through the day,
We must endure the heat 'before the cool.
And then to say at dusk, I'm grateful, I appreciate.
W ' S' ' ' R. J. MONTAGUE, '38.
Tlllfl TORCH 25
On December 22, 1937, the Cla-as of '38 presented a three-act play entitled
"Spring Fever" in the high school auditorium. An attentive audience was amused
by the antics of the enthusiastic chemist, Milton Locke: the frantic Senior, John
Smith: and an ambitious artist, lfldward Macflougall. Wise cracks constantly pop-
ping out from the ever-typing newspaper girl, Frances Stuart: the dispairing efforts
of the lillltllZl1lY. Virginia llodgeug and the serious attitude of Virgil Bean. pro-
fessor of the college, Roderick lVlat-Dougall, brightened up the evening's entertain-
ment considerably. Eleanor Leveroni and Viola Thatcher, college girls and inti-
mate friends of Howard and Vic, had much to do with the success of the play
The relatives of some of the students, Audrey Grala, Marion McGuire and Robert
Montague, furthered the plot by their kind efforts to aid the young people. Robert
Taylor, as Ur. llixon, the l'resident of Brookfield College, gave a splendid per-
'l'he entire Senior class wishes to extend its heartiest thanks to Miss Hillman
and Mr. Greennuin, who tirelessly coached the cast: to Mr. George llramau for
the construction of the excellent stage background: and to all who helped make
the play an success.
Ilrlclt How: ll tireenmnu H'o:l1-lll. ll, Blonl:i:ue. ll. 'l':l5lor, J, Smith. ll, Xlxlcliougilll. lf, Klux'-
lloiignll. Xl l.oclte, lf, liillman tt'o:iclil,
l"l'oul Hou: XI Xlctiuire. Y, lloilueu. ld, l.exel'oni. Y, 'l'lmtclie1'. I". Stuart. A, liralu.
26 THE TORCH
THE SENIOR PLAY
The Senior Play, it was a sketch
Which we did all enjoy.
Howard Brant, who was John Smith
His honor did employ.
He wanted so to graduate
And wear a Cap and Gown.
To march with his sweetheart,
The prettiest girl in town.
He wanted to go to Europe
With his Aunt Maude you see
And that's the reason
He needed his degree.
M. Locke, who was the joker
Was just suited for the part.
He owned a. chemistry plant
And his explosions were an art.
F. Stuart, who was the typist,
Pretty, young, and fresh,
Filled the play with humor
With her wisecracks and her jests.
But wait, here comes Professor Bean,
The funniest of them all.
And when Aunt Maude spied him
She was riding for a fall.
She fell in love with the poor old gent.
What a pathetic sight!
She grabbed him off and married him
And I think it was for spite.
She wanted to show those college girls
She still was in her prime,
So she said within herself
I'l1 make old Prof. Bean mine.
It ended very happily
For everyone was paired.
This Senior Play was a success
So everyone declared.
- E. TATE, '38.
I have a. big brother,
He is now seventeen,
He's the biggest pest
I've ever seen.
And when he's out walking
And I want to go somewhere,
I have to hunt all over town,
Just like you comb your hair.
He may be down to Granberg's,
He may be down to Locke'sg
Cause when I try to find him,
I'm surely on the rocks.
VV. MONTAGUE, '4 3.
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The ten best Acton essays chosen from the many written by the Class of '38 were
presented Monday evening, April 25, in the high school auditorium. This contest
was inaugurated four years ago, when Mr. Carlos B. Clark, who has done much for
Acton High School, offered a silver shield in memory of his brother. On this are
engraved the names of winning contestants. The program was as follows:
1. The Acton Fair: A Review . . . ,. , .... ...,,. L eonard Godfrey
2. The Development of Acton's Water Supply .,..., Florence Hl1l'I'imaI1
3. Fire-fighters of West Acton . ,,.. .. ,....,.,. . ...,..,.. ....., J ohn Smith
4. From Peace Pipe to Tomahawk ,,,. ..... Marjorie Nelson
Piano Solos ........... ...... M eltha Walther
Boys' Glee Club
5 Merchants of Acton .......... .......... ,.....,...... . . . . , Robert Montague
6. Education Marches On . ..,. ,. .,.,. . . ....,.., Marion McGuire
7. Evangelical Congregational Church of Acton ..,.. .,.. , , LeForest Gray
8. Cellar Holes Record History .. ........,..,..... .,,.. G eorge Rifford
Vocal Solos ,,.....,.,.............................. ....... .,.. D o rothy Bond
, ,. ,. ,, U Earl Harriman
9. The Faulkner Family Develops South Acton .. James Merriam
10. Old Roads of Acton ...,.........,.......... .... .......,..,.. , , ,Kathryn MacDouga1l
Girls' Glee Club
Trumpet Solos .,..... ..,. .........,..,....,..,.....,......,........................, .... J a m es McAvenia
Mr. Frank C. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, Ayer, Miss Gertrude H.
Rideout, Concord High School, Concord, Rev. Matthew A. Vance, Maynard
The judges awarded Marjorie Nelson the first prize for her essay, entitled, "From
Peace Pipe to Tomahawk." George Rifford received second prize for his, which was
entitled, "Cellar Holes Record History." Honorable mention was given to James Mer-
riam and Kathryn MadDougall.
This year, for the first time, a tlrst and second prize of five and three dollars,
respectively, were given.
F vm MEADOW
Red blurs of misted maples by the gate,
Gold poplar tassels swinging on the wallg
The new turf grows the greenest by the brook
And bluets, like small stars, shine in the grass,
All Heaven turned upside down,-but the dun cows
Munch in content, tranquilly unaware
That they are pasturing in the nrmament.
H. CREELEY, '40.
Dash of red,
Dash of pink,
A dash of purple too,
A forerunner, foretelling of the night,
Glows in the western blue.
C- HOWE, '43-.
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U1,.tw-.HUA ,ay 1 . in A Lew ly'
Bark Row: V. l'nllnn:in. li. Jules.
Middle Row: R, Vreelcy, N. Nichols, M. Nl'llilro1nb. J, Kr-miie. A. llzxgrii, C. Hollmvell.
Front Row: 15. Gilbert, V. Tllatt-hur, Il. Hopkinson Clfzwiilty Advisory, Ib, Kelley, B. Jensen.
At the first meeting of the Student Council, on October 13, 1937, Dexter Kelley
was elected president, and Viola Thatcher, secretary. At that time Mr. Hall ex-
plained the purpose of the Council and suggested that it settle to the best of its ability
any questions arising during the year. The members have tried hard to make rules
and regulations to improve the standing of the school.
At the recommendation of the Council, the School Committee voted to permit the
school to join the National Honor Society. To become a member of this Society a
student must have a high standing in scholarship and school citizenship. It is the
feeling of the Council that this Honor Society will be an inspiration to the future
students of the Acton High School.
The Council is grateful to Mr. Hopkinson for his faithful and wise guidance.
The Girls' and Boys' Glee Clubs met regularly every Thursday under the direction
of Mr. Richard B. Law, who later in the year accepted a position elsewhere. Mr. J.
E. Moran of Newton capably took over the position as music supervisor.
The girls and boys sang in separate groups and together at the Senior Essay
Contest. Both groups will sing at commencement exercises in June.
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Under the direction of Mr. Moran the orchestra has improved greatly during the
past year. It has played for the Senior Essay Contest and will play at Graduation.
The members play the following instruments: Marion Sargent and Florence Lawson,
pianog Alfred Granberg, Joseph Walther, Robert Creeley, Raymond McAvenia, and
Roderick MacDougall, violin, Robert Montague, Ralph Spinney, James M-cAvenia, and
Robert Rimbrach, trumpetg John Smith and Leonard Godfrey, saxophoneg and Ed-
ward MacDougall, trombone.
Oct. 20. The Dairy Industry in Massachusetts ,.,..,..... L. T. Tompkins, Mass. D. of A.
27. Types and Breeds of Dairy Cattle
Nov. 3. Selecting and Judging Dairy Animals
J. E. Harper, Mass. Guernsey Breeders' Asso.
9. Judging Contest , . ...... ....................................... ,,... ...,....,..,.,., , M r . Harper
17. How Milk Is Secreted by the Cow ..,,,..................... L. Black, Stow High School
24. Care and Management of the Milking Cow
Dec. 1. Feeding and Care of the Dairy Calf ..,..,.........,.,,, H. A. Brown, County Agent
8. Care and Management of the Dry Cow
15. Goats ............................,...............................,, Member, Goat Breeders' Association
Jan. 5. Agronomy-Its Field and Importance
R. W. Donaldson, Specialist in Agronomy, Mass. State College
15. Types of Soil and Management of Each
Composition of Soil ..... ........................ .... .....,. , . . . ,.,..,..,....., Biology Teacher
. Sources and Importance of Organic Matter in Soil
Feb. . Sources of Nitrogen and Potash and What Each Does for the Plant
9. Sources of Super-phosphate and Lime and What Each Does for the Plant
16. Soil Testing Demonstration and What It Shows
R. Young, Agronomist, Waltham Field Station
Mar. 2. Essentials in Potato Growing
Movie: 1. Limestone for Ailing Clover
23. A B C of Farm Credit
R. E. Moser, Extension Economist Mass. State College
30. What Insurance Has to Offer You
R. E. Moser, Extension Economist Mass. State College
Apr. 6. The Economic Importance of Insects
W. D. Whitcomb, Entomologist, Waltham Field Station
2. Save the Soil .,,..,.....,...,.,.........,,..,.,,. G. E. Erickson, Club Agent
13. Lite History ot' Insects
20. Structure of Insects ,.......................,..,., . ...... ........ .................... B i ology Teacher
27. Beneficial Insects
May 4. Control of Orchard Pests .. .,....,.. ..........,... ...... ....,, J . C 1. Handy, County Agent
11. Control of Vegetable and Flower Pests
P. W. Dempsey, Waltham Field Station
18. Control of Shade Tree Pests ..,..,.....,....,.......,...........,....,......,, Local Tree Warden
Together with the above course, a Dairy Calf Club was formed and several mem-
bers purchased calves. The boys of this course tapproximately thirtyy met every
Wednesday under the supervision of Mr. Frank Braman.
I0 'I' II
IC 'I' 0 R C' H
GIRL S' SPORTS REVIEW
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THE TORCH 31
The contests were very exciting. The Senior A team, which won, was composed
of the well-known stars: Downey Twins, E. Larsen, M. McGuire, V. Thatcher, and K.
Macllougall. The Senior B team won second place.
The squad at this point was cut to thirty in preparation for games with Subur-
ban schools. The girls practiced faithfully and hard under the able supervision of
Miss IG. Jones. The Senior A team, noted for its excellent sportsmanship, was
picked for the varsity not because it had won the intramural tournament, but be-
cause of its past records and actual ability.
With M. McGuire again captain of the team, it marched through a successful
season, meetin,2.' defeat but twice.
E. Davis captained the second team which was made up of E. Leveroni, R. Smart,
V. Tolman. t'. Price, V. Piuolehto and P. Aldred. This team lost only one game,
Before the close of the season they lost their faithful coach, Miss Jones, but were
glad to welcome Miss E. Davenport who has ably filled the position.
The games played:
Opp. A. H. S.
Southboro , , .. .. 13 26
Com-ord U H I 5 41
Maynard , ,,,k, 18 21
Southboro ,,,. , 13 17
Marblehead . ., . 30 19
Johnson H, ,,4,.,V 27 24
Concord .. ,.. . . ,..,.. . ,.,... ,...,..... , ,.. 13 18
Maynard , .,,., ..., . . 15 27
The season closed with the game with Maynard on the home floor. The first
and second teams received letters. All girls should be complimented on their excel-
lent work and fine sportsmanship.
lim-It liow: t'. Price N, Stnrluut-k, M. Aldred. li. Coulter. L. Briggs. B. Richardson. M. Leveroui.
Middle Itoxr: II. IH-dn-rsou thlnnutferl. V. Pinolt-hto. R. Sinnrt, F. Stuart. E. Davis. B. Jeusuu.
lil. l4i':u-in-Il. S. Farley, A. Whitman, A. Mauro, M. Unrley. E. Davenport ft'ouch7.
l-'rout How: E. Downey, l'. Aldred. lil. Larsen, M. Mt-tluire. V. Thatcher, K'. Mat-Dougull. A. Downey
I2 'I' II IC 'I' O Ii C II
BOYS' SPORTS REVIEW
Fm' Your yt-airs svn-1':tl Ill1'IllIlt'I'S ut' mu' 1-lass IIZIVLI multi- iu rlusv t'uutuc't with our
ui:u'h. Mt: llulatu, Our xlsstnt-iattitmti with him has hw-u vm-ry vtijuyathltu Out' c'uzu'h.
ht-vzttisv ut' his plt-ztsiug: IN'I'HllIlllIIIY. gmail IlIllIltil', zttui IlIIlIUl'SI2lIIfIIII2 ut' buys, knows
how tu luring nut tht- Iwst thztt is iu :1 t'vIiuw, lftu' that iw-zisun Avtuti tt-nuts allways
ztvt- :1 rt-tuttzltit-I1 Illil' In-ing gum! sports zuul gmail zttliivtvs,
Altliuupgii 4IIII'Ill,L1'Ulll'2ISStN'IilIItlIl with Ali: Imlziu wt- hztvt- haul smut- ul' the- httst
time-s ul' our Iivts, we haw- ZIIVVZIXS just ziqceptul thvui withuut thinking ut' tht-
tuuuuut ut' wurlt, titut- :tual vin-rgy thztt Mt: Ilolztu has sztrwitit-wi thztt we might hzivtf
1 gout! titur-. Iluwt-vvr, :ts our high st-Iiuul t2lI'f-'UI' clrztws tu zi Clusty 11:4 seniors, ww Iw-
Laiu tu rt-tuiuis :mutt ww tt-1-I just :1 tritle- pfuilty tm' having :lt-ct-pts-ti so tuut-h ut' at Iwi'-
wu's tiiuv without t-vvu at thziuk you. Su thv Svuifu' buys ut' tht' Vlztss ut' 'IIA vxtt-url
thou' livztrttvlt A1I'2lIlIIltIl'2lIItI thautks tu at uiztu who has wurketl :tual satcwitit-I-ti tux' us.
uut just its at tt-:tt-lu-r. uut just :ts as cum-Ii. hut :is :tu 2lII-'I'tllIIItI wumlr-rtui t'vIluw. that
our svluuui lttt- IIIILLIII hw just at IIIIIUIlltll'1'tIl.1UY2tIlIi'.
I.. GUIIIVIIICY, .It'., 'IBN
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Knight. I. timy
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The record of the 1937 season shows eight defeats chalked up against no wins
for Acton. This record, however, does not tell the entire story. In every encounter
it was a case of Acton not having reserve strength enough to withstand the pressure
of four ten minute quarters.
Despite the handicap of few reserves, Acton played some games that deserve
praise, namely, the contests with Weston and Wayland. Both of these teams were ln
high standing among high schools of their class when the season closed.
If one were to mention the outstanding players in Acton's cause it would be a
matter of mentioning the veterans headed by Captain Spinney. The names immed-
iately come to mind in recalling the games played are H. Knight, J. Smith, L. God-
frey, and R. Montague of the backfleld, and R. Spinney, G. Gilbert, R. Taylor, and M.
Locke in the line. The others showed signs of promise as the season progressed and
should profit by the experience gained this year. Coach Dolan deserves credit for
fielding as good a team in spite of the limited reserves.
It is very evident to anyone, who saw one game or all eight played by Acton
this year, that the future of football for Acton High School is very futile unless a
greater number of boys have interest enough to come out and try for the team. There
is as much football material in Acton as in any town of like population, yet the boys
have failed to show interest enough, in recent years at least, to try for the team.
Without competition it is difficult to keep the spirit of the team at the proper level
to win games, and without reserve strength it is impossible to win a majority of the
To make this article interesting it would be wise to start at the end of the
basketball season and come back to the beginning. Or it would be better not to
mention at all the earlier conflicts we held on the courts.
It may be remembered that as the season wore on, the Acton quintet became
more and more skilful in handling the sphere. It also may be remembered that dur-
ing the flrst week of March about ten boys representing Acton journeyed to Fitchburg
to enter into the tournament. The first game resulted in defeat against the Ashby
foe, who later won the class B finals. The second meeting, with a team running
under the scrib of W. Boylston, proved to be a little different. Ed. MacDougall, our
high-scoring left forward, came through with 17 points of the 26 made. The re-
maining baskets were made by Capt. Smith, Knight, Godfrey, and yours truly. When
the final curtain came down, we found ourselves qualified to enter into the finals
the following night. The score board read, Acton 26, West Boylston 23.
It wasn't long before the time rolled around when back to Fitchburg went the
golden clad quintet of Seniors to meet a Hollis outfit. Yours truly had his eye on
the basket and sank several from mid floor while Ed slackened his usual pace and
dropped about eight points. "Hank" Knight failed to score, but played his best de-
fense game of the season, which was tops. Capt. John Smith came up with a brace
of hoops, while his running mate, "Butch" Godfrey, carved a few more notches on
his gun. When the adding machine was dug out and scores totalled up the rejoice-
ful throng of followers from Acton soon found Hollis on the short end of a score
of 28 to 18 and saw Coach Dolan stride out on the floor to receive a trophy for our
34 THE TORCH
eiiorts. May it be added in passing that the trophy Tewkshury received for winnin,
more than a dozen games in the Lowell Sub-League was identically the same as the
one we got for winning two.
Note should be made that on the second day of the three-day tourney, a bus
load of about forty pupils tripped to Fitchburg and saw their boys come out ulieud.
The support of the school is to be admired.
To those who were unable to be amongst the crowd and to those who may be a
victim of short-memory, the scores may be glanced over in the space below.
Opp. A. II. S.
St. Joseph ., ,. ...11 40
Johnson , ,,,. .. .. ,
Willllillf-rton M .. 20 8
Lawrence Catholic High 31 20
MGUIUGI1 . ,.. .......... .... , 13 15
Chelmsford . ,..... ,.... . ...., 13 14
Wilmington , , 15 14
Methuen , , ..... . .. 33 16
Howe ...,. ..,. . .. . . 28 16
Lawrence Catholic High , .. 14 21
Chelmsford ,, . ... . . ... 28 19
Johnson ,., , 15 10
Tewksbury . . 27 14
Howe ........... 15 10
Tewksbury .. . ,. 15 10
Bur-k Row: ll. dill1'D0llLZllil. ll. Jenks. F. Oelsclllegel. Il. Gray, R. Bl':u-ks-H.
Middle Row: XV. Anderson. P, Whitt-onih, XY. Stevens. J, Nichols, I. l'f-nlvrson. lx. ilnpp, .l. tall
nnnn, R. Ilolxuitilozu-lib.
Front. Row: J. Perry, fManngerJ. R, Taylor, Il. Hmlfra-y. .l. Smith, E. Mzu'llong:1ll, H. Knight.
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After a rather disheartening season last year, Acton withdrew from the Sudbury
Valley League and entered the Wachusett League, composed of seven teams: West-
ford. Pepperell, Groton, Lunenberg, Littleton, Ayer, and Acton.
In looking over the squad at practice it was soon learned that many positions
would be open to competition. Russ Hayward, for three years "Ace" pitcher, was
elected captain for the 1938 season. As the time rolled around for the initial tilt of
the season with Ayer. Coach Dolan was still in doubt as to the first team line-up.
The first game proved to be a decisive victory for Acton, winning by a 6-3 score.
After the first inning when Ayer scored two runs on two hits, Captain Hayward was
complete master of the situation, allowing only two more hits in the rest of the game.
During the nine innings he was credited with fourteen strike-outs.
Acton will field an inexperienced team, however, but it makes up in hustle
and fight what it lacks in experience and they should be well up among the leaders
when the decisive contest begins. With these two attributes, hustle and fight, Acton
should have a season that can be looked upon with some degree of pride and pleasure.
Burk Row: l". 04-lst-lllvgel, G. Smith. R. Brackett, J. Nelson. XV, Merriam, lb, Jenks, K, Downie,
Middle Row: R. Montague thlunagerl, W. Anderson, U. Flint, W. Stevens. J. Callunnn. L. Jules.
R. llolun tt'oru-lil.
Front Row: J. Merriam. H. Knight, lt. Huywnrtl ttlnptainl, J. Smith. E. Mau-Dougnll, lfl, Mt-NHT.
36 THE TORCH
BOYS' 'ISASKICTBALL TEAM
Success at last! Acton has finally won a trophy in basketball. In the four
years that I have played basketball here, three times in the last few minutes of games,
we lost the chance of winning a trophy. I have heard of other such cases in previ-
ous years. In 1935 Acton tied Johnson for first honors in the Lowell Suburban
League. After the play-off Acton came trailing along a poor second.
One of the worst "breaks" that happened to an Acton team was the game lost to
Woodbury last year at the Fitchburg Tournament. VVith three seconds to go Acton
led by two points, but the Woodbury center had the ball. He let it go from three-
fourths the length of the floor, the ball went through the rim and tied the score.
Acton lost in the overtime. The winner of this game played in the finals.
There are 'many other cases that could be mentined. Two years ago Acton lost
the consolation final in an overtime game. This year the club went to Fitchburg
with the spirit that it would come back with something and it did. Acton was de-
feated by Ashby in the first game, but came back fighting, won the next two games
and climbed to the consolation, the first basketball trophy Acton has ever won.
J. SMITH, '38.
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P. H.: fAfter the crashl But I turned the way I signalled.
Man: I know it. That's what fooled ine.
Merriam: Did you know McNiff was almost kicked out of school for cheating?
Flint: How come?
Merriam: He was caught counting his ribs in a biology exam.
Harriman: I'd like to be a mounted policeman.
Espie: That's no better than being an ordinary policeman.
Harriman: Sure it is. If there's any trouble I can get away faster.
Mr. Holt. Some flsh travel long distances. Can anyone give me
Farley: Sure, a goldfish. It travels around the globe every day.
Locke: Say, Ma, I got 100 in school today!
Mother: That's fine, dear. What was it in?
Locke: 50 in physics and 50 in geometry.
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF:
M. McGuire stopped laughing?
M. Locke lost his camera?
Seniors stopped arguing?
A. Grala forgot to be stubborn?
Cupid caught up with V. Sheehan?
P. Heckman's "Baby Austin" decided to grow up?
G. Rifford stopped sneezing?
C. Price had straight hair?
M. Charter took up law again?
H. Knight's voice went soft?
S-Stands for Seniors - this story will relate
E --For Energy that all of us hate
N-Stands for No - our most favorite phrase
I - For lntelligence - a few deserve praise
O-For Obedience - a pill hard to swallow
R-- For the Rules we hardly ever follow.
C -Stands for Class that we try to be
L- For Love there's plenty you see
A-For Athletics we Seniors stand first
S-For Satisfactory - in which we are worse
S-For Sorry and now you ask why?
'Cause this spring we all say good-bye.
an instance 7
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SONG AND MOVIES
"Things To Come", ,,,,,,,,, 4.,,,,,,,,, , , ,. 1:30 Dismissal
"Yes, My Darling Daughter" ...... N. Starbuck
"Every Day's a Holiday" ....... ,... ,... 0 h Yeah!
"I Was Doin' All Right" ,,,,,,4,, F. Oelschlegel
"Elephant B0y" ......,....,..........,..... .. ,.,, E. Harriman
"Forty-Eight Hours to Live" ,,,,, .,....,. . Week-ends
"Let Them Live" .......,........ ,..,.... ....., ..........,, S e v enth Grade
"Thunder in the City" ..........,..,.... ,..... . ., I Filing to Assembly
"Room Service", ................,.......,....... . Bringing Down Teachers' Trays
"Let That Be a Lesson to You" ...,. .. ,....... ..... . .. , W. Merriam
"Death Takes a Holiday" ,.................. ..,, P . Heckman fwith her carl
"Nice Work If You Can Get It" ,..,... .... .... ....,.... ..,...,..., J . M e rrlam
"Man-Proof" .. .... . . ,...,,.......,......., ....... . ,..,.....,,. V. Hodgen
"Thrill of a Llfetime"... . .... ....,,, E. Gowen
"They Don't Forget ,.., ......., Detention List
"Ten Pretty Girls" .,... ,....... a nd John Smith
"Happy Landing" .... . On Time for Busses
"Stranded" ..4..........,...,... Newcomers to Sch00l
"Nothing Sacred ".l, .. ,.,.. ........,...4,...., .,... E . McNiff
"Hitting a New High" .,... .. .....,..... Downey Twins
"The Bolted Door" ....... .,................., ....,......... L0 C kers
"The Untamed West" ..,........ ..,.4.......,4.,l,...... T he Junior Class
"A Strange Loneliness" ,,......... ............. ........,. S c hool Vacation
"Am I, In Another World" ..... ......., R . Moore and A. Cobleigh
"Alibi Baby" ,.......,..,........... ,.....,.........,....,...........,..... G . Rlfford
"Did An Angel Kiss You" .,... .,... ...,...,,....,............,, I . Gran-berg
"Fooling Myself ................,........ ..., N ot Getting on the Honor Roll
"I'd Rather Be Right" ..,.......,,, . . ........,..,.,...................,.. L. Godfrey
"I Can't Be Bothered Now" ..,,,. ............,...,........, S hirklng Lessons
"More Power to You" .......,..... .....,..,.,,, C lass Officers
"Thanks for the Memory" ....... ..., ...,. O f School Days
"The Camera Doesn't Lie" ,.... . ..... Graduation Pictures
"You're An Education" .,...,.,. .,............, ..,,... B ooks
SPECIMEN OF A LETTER OF SYMPATI-IY
Written by Ralph Piper
Because you have fallen into the bonds of matrimony, because you have now
taken one of the female sex to be your lawfully wedded wife, because you have fallen
into the pit of unhappiness, and because you have left the world of contentment and
enjoyment. I feel it is my duty to send a letter of sympathy. Having known you
for many years and knowing now that you have reached the land of the deceased,
I have no words to express my most sincere sympathy. You are the last of my
friends to be taken in by the spider, the female, and I am sorry to no end.
Your Most Unhappy Friend,
P. S.-Don't show this to your wife.
College of Liberal Arts
Offers a broad program of college subjects serving as a foundation for
the understanding of modern culture, social relations, and technical
achievement. The purpose of this program is to give the student a liberal
and cultural education- and a vocational competence which fits him to enter
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College of Business Administration
Offers a college program with broad and thorough training in the prin-
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FINANCE, or BUSINESS MANAGEMENT. Modern methods of instruc-
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professional talks by business executives, and motion pictures of manu-
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College of Engineering
Provides complete college programs in Engineering with professional
courses in the fields of CIVIL, MECHANICAL Qwith DIESEL, AERO-
NAUTICAL, and AIR CONDITIONING optionsj, ELECTRICAL,
CHEMICAL, INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, and ENGINEERING
ADMINISTRATION. General engineering courses are pursued during the
freshman yearg thus the student need not make a final decision as to the
branch of engineering in which he wishes to specialize until the beginning
of the sophomore year.
The Co-operative Plan, which is available to upperclassmen in all
courses, provides for a combination of practical industrial experience with
classroom instruction. Under this plan the student is able to earn a portion
of his school expenses as well as to make business contacts which prove
valuable in later years.
Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Science
For catalog or further information write to:
MILTON J. SCHLAGENHAUF, Director of Admissions
. . In the Long Run . .
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For present pleasure and future pride protect your photographic self by
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Candy Soft Drinks
Telephone 65 School Street Tobacco Ice Cream
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